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“You get hold that piece of history that you earned,” Jackson said. “It’s in your possession finally. The waiting, the anticipation is over.”

Jackson did not know how much the ring cost, but he knew he had to pay $4,000 in taxes on it, so he estimated about $18,000 to $20,000. The top of the ring contains several diamonds and the bright red Cardinals logo. The edges and the inside are filled with neat touches, like the mantra “Happy Flight,” which the Cardinals coined after a string of wins in the final games of road trips.

As Jackson showed off the ring to a few reporters, second baseman Danny Espinosa wandered over to look at it. Espinosa, typically all business before games, broke into a beaming smile. “That’s unbelievable,” Espinosa said, his eyes widening.

“That’s what we’re here for,” Johnson said. “That’s what we’re all dreaming about.”